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That Fake Clock Tower
By Abdul Fonti
Aug 14, 2009, 17:01
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The now undisputable fakeness of the Freetown Clock Tower, planted by the Freetown City Council (FCC) right in the middle of the city, is no more news. At first, comments raised against the nauseating reality of the clock tower were snubbed and termed as politically motivated and non-developmental comments. But since white is white and black is certainly black, it is only a fool who can now argue against the reality that the Freetown Clock Tower is not a fake one.

Photo of the fake nothern angle of the tower

Worse of the display of the bogus clock tower is the total removal of the wings (long hand and short hand) of the clock. Yes, the northern wings have totally been removed. In my last piece on the clock tower, it was highlighted that after several display of fake display by the clock in the center of town, the northern or Fourah Bay Road angle of the clock tower was constantly at 8:30. Despite uncountable concerns raised on that direction, the Freetown City Council never commented on the issue.

The Council never explained to taxpayers as to what was responsible for the malfunction of a clock in which the council alleged to have invested a huge sum of taxpayers money. The situation remained so for well over two months with the freezed clock left uncorrected, with also no explanation forwarded for the national disgrace the clock was posing.

To the utter dismay of the citizens, both wings of the defunct northern/Fourah Bay Road angle of the Clock were removed few weeks ago with also no explanation made to the people of this country. Go to Eastend Police now, where the clock is situated and you will realize what am saying.

That said and noted, should the silence of the City Council over the clock tower issue be translated to mean that the City Council has finally succumbed to the reality that the clock tower is nothing other than a national disgrace? Because as the saying goes: "Silence is consent". Therefore, if the council is refusing to explain the reasons behind the disability of the clock tower, it means it has accepted the concerns raised by the citizens.

If this is the case, can someone own up to his/her failure publicly, since the huge amount allegedly invested in the clock belongs to the people of this country? The taxpayers deserve an explanation and apology. How on earth would people continue to do things with impunity in this country, and they are left unchecked simply because they are the powers that be?

Occurrences can only be considered as mistakes if somebody did something wrong unknowingly or without being warned earlier. But it pains to note that the citizens, especially the farsighted ones, warned that the proposed sum for the purchase of what they considered a Chinese Clock was exorbitant and that the Council should find other options. More disheartening is the fact that the investment on the clock was made at a time when a huge number of the citizens were finding it difficult to cope with the economic situation of the country. Although the people were not saying that the money should have been used to feed them, they were concerned that it should be invested in other developmental areas rather than a clock that worth it not.

Deaf ears were given to the cries of those taxpayers and the City Council, under the leadership of His Worship Mayor Herbert George Williams, went ahead and purchased the clock. On it arrival, the clock was escorted like a King from the Queen Elizabeth Quay II on to the Wallace Johnson Street offices of the Freetown City Council. Days later, it was installed at the Eastend Police tower and commissioned, amidst jubilations by ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party partisans. The aftermath of the commissioning ceremony of the clock was a deadly attack on the Wallace Johnson Street headquarters of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).

Two days later, the clock displayed a time that was inconsistent with normal time. The clock would display 12:00AM when the actual time is 6:00PM. Few weeks after this, all the different angles of the clock started displaying different times. The northern angle would be displaying 12:00 whilst the southern angle would be displaying 2:20 at the same time.

As if all of these were not enough, the northern angle gave up and freezed at 8:30 PM or AM. It remained so until the Freetown City Council finally decided to remove the wings of that angle, also without any explanation.What a disgrace, shame and embarrassment the clock tower is posing to this nation. Its high time those responsible for bringing a disgrace into Mama Salone own up, explain to the citizens and remedy the situation. This is no funny embarrassment.


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